BSc (Hons)

Nutritional Sciences

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Nutrition is a contemporary issue, and the connection between diet and health is becoming increasingly important. A healthy diet is key to preventing illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The knowledge and skills that you will gain from completing our BSc (Hons) Nutritional Sciences, combined with our optional units of study, will prepare you to pursue a career in nutrition, public health, health promotion or food product development. Graduates could also progress onto postgraduate studies or research in areas including dietetics, food product innovation, or public health.

We also offer a four-year sandwich route where you have the opportunity to spend your third year on placement.

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition.

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

As our course is offered with a placement year, you have the opportunity to gain some invaluable work experience and employability skills with some world class companies. We have links with multi-national companies such as Pepsico, Kellogs & Unilever along with Manchester City Council and many of our internationally acclaimed sports teams such as Oldham Athletic FC, England Cricket & British cycling. Previous students have found the experiences gained in their placement year instrumental to finding excellent employment immediately after graduation. 

Previous graduates of our nutrition and food courses have gone into varying careers including in the areas of community nutrition, health promotion, food retailing, research, product development and food technology. Our alumni include lecturers and researchers, nutritionists within local councils and the NHS, public health specialists and dietitians. Numerous graduates have also gone into roles at world leading food industry companies such as Unilever, Coles (Australia), Bakkavor and Tate & Lyle.

After completing your degree, you will be eligible to register as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) with The Association for Nutrition, with the ability to progress to a registered nutritionist after approximately three years work experience. 

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BBC) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM) to include a Science subject at A2/AS, we do not accept Health & Social Care. BTEC's with a significant science focus may be considered.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Functional Skills English also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff Points to include a minimum of 24 credits at Merit in a hard Science i.e. Physics, Chemistry or Biology

International Baccalaureate points


IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any part

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

Some Science knowledge is required at either A or As level. Alternatively Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma or BTEC Diploma in Sport Science.

From September 2015, applicants undertaking A-levels in Physics, Chemistry and Biology will be expected to pass the Science Practical assessment.

Course details

We have over 25 years of experience in teaching in this subject area and most of our teaching staff have worked within the industry. We are also home to the Manchester Food Centre (MFC) which gives our students lots of opportunities for real life case study experience. The optional placement year also presents you with the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience.

Our facilities for practical work are of a standard found in industry. We have a significant range of pilot-scale food manufacturing equipment and facilities. We have extensive facilities including chemistry and microbiology laboratories, a taste panel suite, a product development kitchen, a bakery and food quality testing equipment. Your work will also be supported by a dedicated technical team.

Level 4 develops the knowledge and skill base necessary to start a career in nutrition and suceed in higher education. Areas of principles of nutrition, food composition and analysis of food, overview of function of human body systems and their involvement in processes relating to food and nutrients are delivered. Alongside these, aspects of food choice as well as the current local and global nutrition issues are explored. 

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Core Units

Nutrition 21

Nutrition 21 is a unit that is changeable, hybrid, interconnected to technology and social media, relevant to fast pace changing local and global food conditions, student centred, active and flexible.

The Chemistry of Food

This unit covers the molecules and chemical behaviour of nutrients in food. You will analyse a food of their choice and report on its composition.

Physiology and Health

Physiology and Helath provides understanding of food safety, monitoring and controls of microbiological, physical and chemical risks of food and the relevance of human physiological systems to health and nutrition.

Principles of Food and Nutrition

This unit introduces food nutrients, food ingredients and their changes occurring in processing. It also covers the principles underpinning food processing and food physical and sensory testing for quality evaluation.

In your second year of study, the core units will allow students to develop and synthesise the knowledge assimilated in your first year, exploring research in nutrition, developing critical skills and further progressing the skills required to practice successfully and confidently in the nutrition and food sector. Structured and assessed work-based learning will be embedded into the core curriculum in order to provide you with work experience and ability to articulate their transferable skills. Optional units will allow you to select an area of specialism for future practice in particular areas of human nutrition or food and nutrition. 

Core units include:

- Applied Nutrition and Dietary Assessment
- Lifespan Nutrition
- Professional Practice

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Core Units

Applied Nutrition and Dietary Assessment

Dietary Assessment introduces you to practical solutions to determine the nutritional status of individuals. Applied nutrition explains the link between nutritional intake and common nutritional disorders.

If you choose the placement year route, Year 3 of the course will be spent on placement within the industry, gaining great experience to kick start your career.

In your final year of study, the core units will equip you with confidence in independently utilising the evidence base for nutrition and reinforcing their transferable skills relating to research project management and transitioning to independent nutrition practitioners. Furthermore, optional units allow the development of skills in chosen areas of public health, health promotion, clinical nutrition or aspects of food science depending on your career ambition. 

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Core Units

Honours Project

Dissertation. You will be expected to conduct a piece of individual research on an appropriate topic relating to your degree. This unit incorporates a range of research methods with a final written submission.

Nutrition in Health and Disease

Epidemiology and metabolism based unit examining the research evidence linking diet and health issues. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

Year 1: Coursework 75%, Examination 25% Year 2: Coursework 75%, Examination 25% Year 3: Coursework 75%, Examination 25%

Additional information about this course

The course holds an accreditation by the Association for Nutrition. The purpose of the AfN accreditation scheme is to recognise the highest standards of professional education in nutrition. 

Placements options

If you choose the placement year degree route, you will spend Year 3 of your studies on a placement in industry.  Placement learning is a key element of the course as it allows you to apply university based knowledge, skills and understanding to the real world of work. It also gives you an advantage when you begin looking for your first job upon graduating. The day-to-day demands of such an experience are both challenging and inspirational. Using the experience you gain whilst on placement is not only invaluable to the final year of your degree but greatly enhances your employability prospects.

Over the last twenty years, our dedicated Placement Team have developed excellent links with industry and you will be offered support through a preparation programme of activities that includes guidance on selection procedures, working overseas, CV preparation, interview and selection techniques.

During the Placement Year, although you will be supervised directly by the company you are employed by, you will also be allocated an Academic Tutor. They will provide support and guidance, assess your progress and generally monitor your welfare for the time you are away from the University.

Department of Health Professions

Our Department of Health Professions teaches subjects including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and nutritional sciences.

The department is committed to ensuring its courses stay relevant and up-to-date with current professional practice, by maintaining links with colleagues in clinical practice and research.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The university offers 24 hour access to computers with the Adobe software we teach. There is also a laptop loan service so whilst a personal laptop (preferably mac) is beneficial it is not essential. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print some of their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing. Level 3 CIEH training and assessment (£75) offered within Physiology Health unit is optional. There are no other costs in first year. In second year, optional HACCP training (£75) is offered to Nutritional Sciences students. In final year, dissertation printing and binding will be required.

Placement Costs

For the placement year, costs vary hugely between countries and areas, so it is very important to research costs well ahead of time and budget accurately. The Level 6 fieldtrip (£50) is entirely optional. Attendance at Food Matters Live for one day is optional and the cost is the cost of the travel to and from London ExCeL.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)


Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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